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 By Mary Koppes    News    February 26, 2015 

Housing, seniors and youth major topics of consideration in new comprehensive plan

The availability and affordability of housing in Petersburg Borough and the effects of a changing age composition of the borough’s population were two emerging themes highlighted in a report released Feb. 20 by Agnew Beck, the consulting firm... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 26, 2015 

Tribal administrator position cut due to budget deficit

Petersburg Indian Association (PIA) announced the departure of Tribal Administrator Bobbi Scherrer in a press release yesterday. Scherrer’s position and two part-time positions will be eliminated from PIA due to a budget deficit. “My first act... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    February 26, 2015 

Middle school bring home 3A wrestling title

The Mitkof Middle School wrestlers are the 3A champs and they placed second overall in the Region V Tournament held Feb. 20-21 in Ketchikan. Five wrestlers earned champion titles: Brekin Davis in the... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 26, 2015 

PMHS accredited for behavioral health programs

After two years of work Petersburg Mental Health Services (PMHS) has earned a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This is the first such accreditation PMHS has earned from the...

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 26, 2015 

PHS shop class, Forest Service collaborate

The Petersburg High School shop class recently finished making 19 new log books for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) cabins in the area using the computer numerical controlled (CNC) router put into...

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 26, 2015 

Clausen Museum displays Native, natural history

An enhanced Clausen Museum will reopen to the public March 3 after being closed since mid-January for staff to work on projects. Director Brittany Zenge has been taking inventory of the museum's...

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 26, 2015 

PHS student to investigate forensic science in the Washington D.C.

Petersburg High School sophomore Brandy Mulbury will be traveling to Washington D.C. this summer to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC). The NSLC invites a select group of...

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 19, 2015

Superintendent search suspended; Kludt-Painter to serve one-year term

Erika Kludt-Painter will be offered a one-year contract to serve as superintendent for the Petersburg School District in the 2015-16 school year. After meeting in executive session, the school board... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 19, 2015

WAVE gets creative with fundraising

Petersburg WAVE (Working Against Violence for Everyone) will be holding a creative fundraiser this Saturday at the Sons of Norway hall. “We have a lot of local artists that are doing pieces on watercolor paper and some of them will be on canvas.... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 19, 2015

Southeast falls below-average in snowpack survey

Findings from the Alaska Snow Survey Report released February 2015 show that snowpack across the state of Alaska is below normal, and snowpack in Southeast is less than half the normal rate. The USDA'... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 19, 2015

Water project connects Petersburg with Phu Kradueng, Thailand

For most of us accessing clean water is as simple as turning on the faucet, but this isn't so in every community around the world. It wasn't until last month that the school children in Phu Kradueng...

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 19, 2015

PSD considers drug testing for student athletes

Activities Director Jaime Cabral gave a report to the board on how school districts around the state handle drug testing for students involved in sports and other activities. Around Southeast, Sitka, Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain and Ketchikan...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    February 19, 2015

Lady Vikings battle for double victory over Sitka

The Lady Vikings ended their regular season with two victories over the Lady Wolves at home on Monday and Tuesday night. Strong defensive play on both sides kept the score to 9-7 at the end of the...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    February 19, 2015

Vikings split four games back to back on the road

The Vikings split games on the road last week against the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves and Sitka Wolves. Wednesday and Thursday's games pitted the Vikings against the Braves for the second time in a week....

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 19, 2015

Delay of state funding leaves school kitchen with DEC violation

Petersburg Public School officials are looking at ways to move forward with an interim plan to address issues with the kitchen facility including the need for a new ventilation system to bring the facility into compliance with the Department of...

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 19, 2015

Library and Humane Association partner up for pets

Petersburg Public Library is in the middle of Words for Whiskers, a fundraising partnership program with the Petersburg Humane Association (PHA) and the Friends of Petersburg Libraries. For each book, movie or audio review entered by library users,...

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 19, 2015

Two Petersburg teams impress at Tsunami Bowl

Two teams represented Petersburg at the 19th annual Tsunami Bowl competition Feb. 6-8 in Seward, both placing in the top ten. The regional competition, comprised of three rounds, determines which Alaskan team will go on to the National Ocean Science...

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 12, 2015

Weaver pleads guilty; released to Hawaii on bond

Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 59, has pled guilty to one of two felony charges brought against him following an explosion last July in the rock quarry behind the airport. Weaver faced two counts... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 12, 2015

Alaska Longline Company will move offices to Seattle

The Petersburg offices of Alaska Longline Company will be moved to Seattle by April 1. The three employees at the office have opted not to take their equivalent positions at the Seattle offices, ending their time with the company that’s been based... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 12, 2015

New tribal administrator joins PIA staff

Bobbi Scherrer began her work as the Petersburg Indian Association's (PIA) tribal administrator late last month. Scherrer is returning home to Petersburg after working for Southeast Alaska Regional... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 12, 2015

The other side of Valentines: PHS grad is top U.S. chocolatier

After being named the U.S. Chocolate Master, Dan Forgey, a 1996 Petersburg High School graduate, will represent the U.S. in the 2015 World Chocolate Masters Competition in Paris this October. The...

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 12, 2015

Petersburg to host inaugural SE Commercial Growers conference

The first-ever Southeast Commercial Growers Conference will be held in Petersburg Feb. 27 - March 1. The event will bring together commercial food and flower growers from across the region to swap ide...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    February 12, 2015

Vikings win two conference games at home

The varsity boys won two hard-fought games against the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves this weekend at home. In Friday night's game, the Vikings stayed out in front of the Braves for the first three quarters,...

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 12, 2015

TAC reviews comments on timber harvest transition

Members of the Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) met Jan. 20-23 in Juneau to continue discussions on their recommendations to be considered as part of a new Secretary of Agriculture forest plan that focuses on transitioning timber harvest in the...

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 12, 2015

No changes proposed for community services budget

After no assembly members made a motion to change the funds appropriated in the community services portion of the Borough's draft budget for 2015-16, Friday's special meeting turned into a series of presentations by stakeholders primarily...


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